Babe Ruth Calls His Shot

The sun was blasting down on Wrigley Field one Saturday afternoon in October 1932 during the World Series. Playoff games are always intense, and this one proved to be no exception. At the time, Babe Ruth was on the New York Yankees’ roster. As one of the best hitters of all time, he made an impact on the series, batting .333 and hitting 2 home runs, one of which was memorable and is still being talked about today. Baseball lore has Ruth calling his shot, but this fact is under dispute. Did he call his shot or not?

Background of the 1932 World Series

It was game three of the 1932 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. The Bronx Bombers were in Chicago, trying to push their series lead to three games. In spite of being down 2-0 to the Yankees, Cubs’ fans were fiercely vocal during pregame warm-ups.

More than 50,000 fans filled Wrigley Field, hurling lemons at Babe Ruth during batting practice, taunting the game’s most beloved player. Even before game three, the series was punctuated by a lot of trash-talking and furious arguments. The scenario was set for one of the biggest trash-talking acts in sports history.

A Dramatic Game

As the game progressed, it was clear that this was a somewhat dramatic game. New York inched their way out to a three run lead, but the Cubs chipped away at the Yankee margin, tying the game at four runs each heading into the fifth inning.

To further fuel the ferociousness of the Chicago crowd, Ruth made futile dive for a fly ball an inning earlier, partly responsible for the Cubs’ being able to pull even. At the midway point in the third game of the World Series, it was a nip-and-tuck affair, tied at 4-4.

Did He Call His Shot or Not?

It was during the fifth inning that Ruth made his legendary proclamation standing in the batter’s box. With the game tied at four, Ruth took a second strike from Chicago pitcher Charlie Root. As if in answer to the catcalls coming from the Chicago dugout, Ruth stepped out of the batter’s box.

As if on perfect cue from a Hollywood director, he seemed to make a pointing gesture towards Wrigley’s centerfield ivy-covered wall. What followed was the most famous 2-2 pitch in baseball history.

Ruth launched what is thought to be the longest home run ever hit at The Friendly Confines. There are some who insist that The Babe never really did point to centerfield. Some think he was just stretching the shirt sleeve the left arm of his Yankee Jersey.

Even Cubs hurler Charlie Root insisted that if he felt Ruth was showing him up, he’d have buried the pitch in the center of the number 3 on the back of his Yankee uniform. Baseball commissioner and his nephew were sitting in box seats, and while the bristly Kenesaw Mountain Landis had no comment, his nephew insisted it never happened.

This iconic moment in sports is so famous that it’s one of the most-used portrayals by young ballplayers. There is a single oil canvas painted during the 1930s depicting Ruth calling his shot, which is valued at nearly a half a million dollars. One thing is for certain, whether he really did call the shot or not, it’s one of the most memorable home runs in the history of baseball.

If You Like This Post, Please Share Below:
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac9h
Donn Clendenon (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…): born OTD1935. Bud Harrelson said, "He was the MVP -- a very dangerous pla… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jul
UPDATED: Phillip Ervin joined 6-for-6 Club [baseball-almanac.com/feats/6_hits_1…]. EVERY instance in #MLB history, every extra-i… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac13 Jul
George Bradley [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…]. Born OTD1852. Threw 1st official no-hitter in #MLB history -- in 1876! Re… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac13 Jul
STORYBOOK: 1. 1st home game since Tyler Skaggs died. 2. Every #Angels player wearing #45. 3. Moving pregame ceremon… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
Research help? Jim Clark [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…] died in 01-2019. He played with #Cleveland in 1971, not terribly… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
Jack Harshman (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…). Born OTD1927. #HoF Ed Walsh 15 Ks in a game 2x (1908 & '10) in #Chicago,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
Happy Birthday Ron Fairly: DYK he played in an #AllStarGame for BOTH #Canadian teams? DYK he hit HRs in all 21-seas… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
ICYMI: On July 3, 2019, 1st time in #MLB history, two teams (#Cubs & #WhiteSox), from the same city (#Chicago), eac… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
Updated: Sam Mele [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…]. Received and added the cemetery name where he was laid to rest. Integr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac10 Jul
Jerry Reuss was introduced to Frank Sinatra then said, "Sorry, I didn't get your name." This book review of the 198… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac10 Jul
You know Shane Bieber won it yesterday, but do you know what All-Stars won on a losing team? Who won it the ONLY ye… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac09 Jul
Happy Birthday Mike Andrews! Born OTD1943, Mike was part of #RedSox Impossible Dream, sent to #WhiteSox, made DH hi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac09 Jul
RIP: Paul Schramka. Made his debut on Opening Day in Wrigley Field! See newspaper story, read Chicago Tribune quote… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac08 Jul
EMAIL: "Please add a fact about his 20-win season." Today: added @_newspapers story about it, sourced Fergie Jenkin… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac08 Jul
NEW: CLASSIC #Topps checklist added [baseball-almanac.com/baseball_cards…]. Rookie cards include 4 future #HOF #MLB players; Ste… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac08 Jul
UPDATED: Sam Huff won Futures Game MVP (baseball-almanac.com/awards/larry_d…). On #BaseballAlmanac, see brief history, find out… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac08 Jul
Thank you for sharing link that with your followers Burr! I really do appreciate the assist. twitter.com/BurrHughes/sta…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac07 Jul
Born OTD1955: Len Barker [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…], RHP who threw 10th PERFECT GAME in #MLB history! Had video & Pb… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Desktop Version